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The Spelling of Irish Names

The Proper Spelling of Your Name
Our names appeared quite differently in earlier times.
Note how the Annals of the Four Masters records and
translates these names with a (Ua) before them
(becoming O ). Is it any wonder there were so many
different spellings when each individual ‘translated’
his name into English… Below are a few examples.

Old Spelling…………New Spelling
Ua Birn……….. O’Beirne
Ua Braein……… O’Breen
Ua Caeimh……… O’Keeffe
Ua Caiside…….. O’Cassidy
Ua Cathail…….. O’Cahill
Ua Catharnaigh…. Fox
Ua Ceallachain…. O’Callaghan
Ua Ceallaigh…… O’Kelly
Ua Ceinneidigh…. O’Kennedy
Ua Cianain…….. O’Keenan
Ua Cleirigh……. O’Clery
Ua Conchobhair…. O’Conner, O’Connor
Ua Conroi……… O’Conroy
Ua Cuinn………. O’Quinn
Ua Cuirc………. O’Quirk
Ua Dimasaigh…… O’Dempsey
Ua Donnabhain….. O’Donovan
Ua Donnghaile….. O’Donnelly
Ua Dubhagain…… Duggan
Ua Duibh………. Duff
Ua Duinn………. O’Dunne
Ua Duinnsleibhe… O’Dunlevy
Ua Failbhe…….. O’Falvey
Ua Fallamhain….. O’Fallon
Ua Fearghail…… O’Farrell
Ua Flainn……… O’Flynn, O’Lynn
Ua Fogartaigh….. O’Fogarty
Ua Gadhra……… O’Gara
Ua Gairmleaghaidh. O’Gormley
Ua Galchobhair…. O’Gallagher
Ua Grada………. O’Grady
Ua Griobhtha…… Griffin, O’Greefa
Ua Guaire……… Gorey, O’Guaire

Research Aid
This familiarity with Irish Name spellings
should help anyone researching the really
old records. I have published Connellans
Annals of Ireland by the Four Masters
You can find out more at the link given above.

-Mike O’Laughlin
www.Irishroots.com
The Irish Roots Cafe
Box 7575
Kansas City, Missouri 64116

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Events for 2014 and the Sean Nos gathering
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Welcome 2014
It’s shaping up as a good year at the Irish Roots Cafe.
Remember you too can book a one of a kind session on Irish
Genealogy, traditional Irish song, or sean nós song in Irish.
Check out our house band booking page if you’d like to know more
www.gigmasters.com/Irish-Band/IrishRootsCafe

Our schedule of Events for 2014 (so far)
Use the links below for the details.

Feb. 1, St. Brigids Day Irish Singers Session, The Celtic Ranch, Weston, MO.
https://www.facebook.com/events/471298579649087/

March 1, Red Head Parade, Weston, MO, IRC band
https://www.facebook.com/events/1407549716156618/

March 8, Gladstone, MO, St. Andrews Church, Irish Night Dinner, IRC band
https://www.facebook.com/events/584280391590254/

March 15, Louisburg, KS, March 15, Irish Dinner, Raffle, IRC band.
https://www.facebook.com/events/161805283983673/

Aug. 30, Kirksviille, MO, D.E.L.T.A. Harvest Festival Fundraiser. IRC band
https://www.facebook.com/events/675900619097406/

Sean Nos Gathering upcoming
2014 to come, Sean Nos gathering. Beginning Irish ‘old style’
singers,dancers. A chance for all to meet up, learn and
perform. Contact me if you have an interest, or would
like to volunteer, or sing, at a pub or house session.
Sponsors welcome too.

Out of town… come on in for this one.
We keep it simple. You’ll sing at a pub or house
session, and, or, listen in. We’ll also have a sean nos
session or two. Location: in and around Kansas City, MO

Mike
www.Irishroots.com
mike@Irishroots.com

p.s. We still have my genealogy books on every Irish county,
in print and ready to ship.

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